Movie Critique – Smallfoot

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A charming animated tale that gives a strong positive message hidden behind the thread of comedy flowing through.

Smallfoot is the 2018 American computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Warner Animation Group with a plethora of voice cast including Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James, Danny DeVito among others. 

The film is co-written by the director of the film, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Clare Sera based on an unpublished children's book, titled Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos. A first musical film for Warner Animation Group, was critically acclaimed and also won an award at Heartland Film Festival.

Migo, a young male yeti, lives in the Himalayas along with other Yetis forming his village. He accidentally chances upon a human aka "smallfoot". Despite his effort to convince the yetis that smallfoot does exist no one believes. On the other hand, Percy Patterson, a British human filmmaker, is trying to make a film based on the pilot who saw the yeti. Rest of the story revolves around these two different species who have thought the other is a myth and scared of each other, now try to find more about both species, and perhaps co-exist peacefully.

Migo, the male yeti, and Meeche, the female yeti, are the two main protagonists of the film. Their names are derived from Tibetan language that actually mean "Yeti".

The film comes with 9 songs, most of which were performed by the voice cast in the film. Channing Tatum performed two songs - Perfection and Wonderful Questions. Tatum had mentioned that he knew nothing about singing but ended up singing for the film on request from the director. 

The film doesn’t contain proper opening credits, and the title of the film also doesn’t appear until the end of the film. The end credits is unique in the way showing scenes from the movie etched on stones Also has pictures of the yetis and humans on phone screens. It also includes a brief scene, that the viewers would find it amusing,

The director and writers of the film took a stone-age approach for Yetis while keeping the modern life for Humans. For instance, the yeti laws are literally written in stone and enforced by the Stonekeeper; their modern amenities such as hammer and chisel made of rocks and ice. While Humans have all the modern facilities around them. 

I must say though, even though they have a stone-age-ish persona, the whole village of yetis is so prettily created giving it a Disney-esque feeling.

The scene where Migo, the Yeti, and Pilot, the Human, first meet and scream at each other scared, reminded me of the M&M's commercial with Santa in it. 

A charming animated tale that gives a strong positive message hidden behind the thread of comedy flowing through. Specially in the trying times we are living, this film gives an important message to co-exist; an eyeopener that "grass is not always greener on the other side, but is almost the same as this side".

It also sends the message of "thinking outside the box"; standing up for written rules that may not to be changed as time progress; and also to understand ones traditions, follow-them and have no fear to question them when needed. 

Catchy songs, scenic beauty in the Yetis lives even if it is just consisting of ice and snow; and filled with fun, Smallfoot makes into my list of movies to watch when I feel down and depressed; or want to have a cheer for myself. 

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Movie Trivia:

a. Check out the alarm clock that wake Migo's father Dorgle. 

b. During a chase scene, the view from top shows it looking like a Pac-Man game.


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